Originally Posted by emmarose
start working some kind of fitnessy type thing into your day to work your core muscles... crunches, leg lifts, etc. (i've recently added this to my curriculum at work... and i tell you what, babies doing crunches and push ups is freaking hilarious)... anyway, strengthening those muscles will make them work better.
when you end your throw, karen, you want your butt to the front of the tee. that's how you know you've brought your hips around.
I think I've gotten most of my improvement lately from one of the elastic bands for arm strengthening. That, plus I've been getting rid of the things I'd tried to do before to get power, that were just hurting. I hadn't thought about crunches, but I guess it makes sense, if it's more than just using the arm.
I think i've got my butt in the right place at the end of the throw, but I don't think it got there the correct way (it was just following along for the ride). I think I'm missing a step somewhere. Here's what I'm TRYING to do (not that I succeed). Any ideas what I'm missing?
This is for RHBH. From the reachback, you're facing away from the target, up on your right toes, left leg away from the target, both legs straight. Arm is fully extended away from the target. Then you step down onto your right foot, while moving your right hip forward (like anchoring in tug of war). Then the right shoulder turns, moving your arm forward, which then bends the elbow to a right angle. Then the elbow leads around, and you release when your arm is facing the target. While the elbow is leading, then your plant foot is pivoting to face the target, and the momentum brings your back leg up, and around so that the left leg is now in front, and your left hip is toward the target. But that has the body pretty much following, other than when you plant your hip. I can't see how you're getting much power from your legs and hips, other than from the initial transfer.
Randy said that he pushes with his left foot, but that doesn't make sense, unless you're constantly shifting the weight from foot to foot. When you anchor with your right foot, then the weight's on the right foot. Would you immediately shift your weight to the left foot to push, then shift your weight again to the right for the release? It doesn't make sense to me.